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(Hmmmmmm ...) The Walking Dead Is All About Blood, Gore & Gun Control
The Guardian ^ | Monday 1 April 2013 | Alan Yuhas

Posted on 04/01/2013 2:33:47 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

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The Walking Dead is all about blood, gore – and gun control

• Despite its violence, The Walking Dead mirrors moderate US attitudes on gun ownership and background checks

The Walking Dead finished its third season in a flourish of gunfire and guts, sticking to the pillars of its ratings dominance. While nobody's much surprised by the extreme bloodiness of a show that merges two violent genres – post-apocalyptic horror and the classic western, – what is surprising is that The Walking Dead actually reflects moderate, popular US views on gun control.

That might seem like a ridiculous statement for a show this steeped in gore, but if we trace its use of guns, it becomes clear that the show emphasizes an odd, very American mix of conservative pragmatism and liberal concern about restraints and leadership. (No major spoilers follow.)

The first season of The Walking Dead is almost purely survival thriller. The stragglers, led by a sheriff named Rick, only care about guns as a matter of self-defense. They use plenty of them, but also whatever's at hand. In fact, after two and a half seasons, guns only account for slightly more than half of the show's violence. Characters have killed zombies with a car door, an internet cable, a sword and a chair leg, not to mention the crossbow preferred by the show's most popular character. What's to learn from all this? A clear and present need for self-defense justifies violence, and you can use just about anything to kill a zombie.

Season two slows things down. Amid a lot of hand wringing and hammy conversations, the characters sort out how to live when survival isn't a constant concern.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; gunsandammo; secondamendment; selfdefense; thewalkingdead; undead; walkingdead; zday; zombie; zombieapocalypse; zombies
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1 posted on 04/01/2013 2:33:47 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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The Colt Python's capabilities

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2 posted on 04/01/2013 2:35:08 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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3 posted on 04/01/2013 2:36:02 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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4 posted on 04/01/2013 2:36:30 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Fact is right now most murders in the US are not by guns.


5 posted on 04/01/2013 2:37:17 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: DogByte6RER; ConjunctionJunction

My favorite comment:

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01 April 2013 4:21pm
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@alexito - I think if zobies rise up, you’ll be able to forgo background checks....
I think we’ll be buggered in england, though, we’ll have to use spud guns


6 posted on 04/01/2013 2:38:51 PM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron. No, they are both.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I’ve always been saddened by any picture or mention of the Colt Python. I owned a beautiful one, which I worked and saved for back in the early 70’s, but I got desperately broke once in the late 70’s and pawned it for $150. It hurts me to this day.


7 posted on 04/01/2013 2:46:45 PM PDT by VR-21 (I'm weary of being lorded over by criminals and gilded degenerates.)
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To: DogByte6RER
They use plenty of them, but also whatever's at hand. In fact, after two and a half seasons, guns only account for slightly more than half of the show's violence. Characters have killed zombies with a car door, an internet cable, a sword and a chair leg, not to mention the crossbow preferred by the show's most popular character. What's to learn from all this? A clear and present need for self-defense justifies violence, and you can use just about anything to kill a zombie.

Actually, the show is clear that a gun is a last resort because the noise attracts zombies. Carl has a homemade silencer on his.
8 posted on 04/01/2013 2:52:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: DogByte6RER

No matter what a viewer’s politics are, this show certainly reinforces the desire to be well armed and prepared. I don’t know anyone who would watch this show and think, “Gee, I don’t want to have a gun if zombies rise or something much more likely, social breakdown, were to happen.”


9 posted on 04/01/2013 2:52:17 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: VR-21

The Civil rights lawyer probalby got more people killed than any other charter. By both action and inaction. For the best of reasons to be sure but... still there it is.


10 posted on 04/01/2013 2:54:08 PM PDT by Bidimus1
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To: cripplecreek
Carl has a homemade silencer on his.

Any zombies who are former BATFE probably have Carl at the top of their dinner menu for that. Homemade silencers are a felony.

11 posted on 04/01/2013 2:56:43 PM PDT by Pollster1
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To: cripplecreek

The sooner you attract them, the sooner you clean them out.

Have a high, secure perch, and boxes and boxes of ammo.

Or set a trap, perhaps with pits full of gasoline.

Free men are the hunters, not the hunted - a paradigm not appreciated by Hollywood.


12 posted on 04/01/2013 3:01:22 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: LucianOfSamasota
Have a high, secure perch, and boxes and boxes of ammo.

Unfortunately the world of zombies is an imperfect one. In fact when they found the prison they were very low on ammo and had to clear the place without guns.
13 posted on 04/01/2013 3:04:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

DIY crossbows made from auto leaf springs should become pretty popular as ammo runs dry (in 40 years or so) in the show


14 posted on 04/01/2013 3:06:21 PM PDT by Bidimus1
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To: Pollster1

Carl has a homemade silencer on his.

Any zombies who are former BATFE probably have Carl at the top of their dinner menu for that. Homemade silencers are a felony.


Carl would take them out first.

And he doesn’t care if his silencer is a “felony”.
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15 posted on 04/01/2013 3:06:42 PM PDT by laplata (The Answer To 1984 Is 1776)
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To: LucianOfSamasota
Have a high, secure perch, and boxes and boxes of ammo.

The problem on the show is that the amount of ammo is finite and in demand.

You keep shooting, the zombies keep coming, and sooner or later, you're screwed.

One on one, they are very easy to kill with lawn care or home repair equipment. But you don't want a lot of them around.

Oh, and there really isn't any gun control message in the show, other than maybe, "guns good."

16 posted on 04/01/2013 3:06:52 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: DogByte6RER

A zombie apocalypse is the exact opposite of a pro gun-control message ;P


17 posted on 04/01/2013 3:14:54 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Problem is when you attract them they show up at their pace. Maybe they’re a mile away. That was the lesson of the end of season 2, the herd was missing the farm then Rick shot Shane and the herd changed directions. Shoot one zombie now, put of with three zombies later; stab a zombie now maybe maybe none later.


18 posted on 04/01/2013 3:18:36 PM PDT by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: VR-21
Colt Python 6 Barrel 3 My father has a nickel-plated .357 with a 3" barrel. It feels and handles like a Cadillac in your hand.
19 posted on 04/01/2013 3:30:20 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: discostu

Rick stabbed him, Carl shot him.


20 posted on 04/01/2013 3:42:43 PM PDT by txhurl
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